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January 8, 2013
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  • Older wide-body airliners to see spike in MRO needs
    Older wide-body airliners are fast approaching a time when they'll be due for major refurbishment and modifications, providing plenty of demand for airframe maintenance specialists, write Paul Seidenman and David Spanovich. In fact, there may already be a shortage of wide-body MRO capacity, a situation that "is giving leverage to the suppliers, in that the airlines have to reserve slots over a longer time horizon than in the past," said Jonathan Berger, vice president for MRO Practice at ICF SH&E. Aviation Week & Space Technology (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. nuke plant's $5B-plus repair tab has ripple effects
    Duke Energy and its subsidiary Progress Energy must decide whether to shut down the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida or spend $3.5 billion to repair a "botched" maintenance project and hundreds of millions more to buy energy from other sources. Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited -- the company that insures all 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. -- has only $3.6 billion to cover claims. That means other nuclear facilities and projects could be affected -- as could rate payers across America. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • KBR forges services deal for Saudi Arabia refinery
    KBR and AYTB have agreed to provide maintenance services for a refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, under a contract worth up to $170 million. The plant will be run by Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical. "This is a milestone project for KBR as it represents a major step forward for our services business group, taking on its first long-term maintenance contract in Saudi Arabia and significantly expanding its international footprint," KBR Services' Ivor Harrington said in a statement. American City Business Journals/Houston (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 GenesisSolutions — Planning & Scheduling Webinar
GenesisSolutions is hosting a webinar on Maintenance Planning & Scheduling: A Best Practices Overview on Weds, February 20, 2013 from 10am - 11am CST. The discussion will focus on establishing a baseline to eliminate non value-add tasks for maintenance staff to improve efficiency, reduce downtime, increase safety, and move up the EAM Maturity Continuum. Register Now

  Technology & Trends 
  • ECN touts fiber-optic system for maintaining wind turbines
    The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands' Fiber Optic Blade Load Monitoring system aims to efficiently measure data to reduce the costs of wind energy operations and maintenance without the disadvantages that can come with visual inspections, drivetrain monitoring and oil sampling, write L.W.M.M. Rademakers and T.W. Verbruggen of ECN. The fiber-optic system has Bragg gratings for measurement of the strain in turbine blade roots, causing less drifting by the fibers while increasing longevity, they write. Renewable Energy World (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Steady attention required for safety issues
    A long-term view is needed to adequately consider the overarching issue of plant safety. Consistent attention is required in several areas -- such as housekeeping, storage and sprinkler systems -- to ensure efficient and safe operation and reduced risk. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some manufacturers anticipate supplier interruptions: survey
    ASQ's 2013 Manufacturing Outlook Survey conducted during World Quality Month in November reveals that about a third of manufacturers worldwide fear problems with suppliers this year and about a quarter are working with competitors to their normal suppliers to anticipate potential problems. "Any shortage of parts or services can have a dramatic effect on a manufacturer, so it’s important for companies to communicate openly with suppliers to avoid any disruption in production. Conversely, it’s important to suppliers to work with manufacturers to provide them with the quality parts or services to ensure a long-term relationship," said Dick Gould, ASQ Fellow and supplier management trainer and consultant. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SMRP News 
  • Ring in the New Year and join the Pharma and Biotech Special Interest Group!
    With a newly elected 2013-2014 board for the New Year, the Pharma and Biotech Special Interest Group is open to participation and getting involved in the community! Members of the SIG will be able to network, discuss relevant issues, and build long-lasting relationships. Join in on the next teleconference, Jan. 9, at 12 p.m. If interested, visit the SIG website or e-mail with any questions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMRT exams now offered at SMRP Executive Meetings
    Don't miss out on an opportunity to take the CMRT exam offered by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza Suites, Arlington, Texas. Reserve your spot. To find out where future exams will be offered be sure to check the SMRP exam calendar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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